District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 6, 2018


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Short Term Rental Changes Under Consideration


In December 2015, Metro Council passed an ordinance to regulate the use of short term rentals (Airbnb, VRBO and others). A variety of changes to the rules have been proposed, as we learn more about the growing popularity of this tourist experience and how to best integrate it into neighborhoods, while protecting the neighborhood character.  

I support several changes in the rules, including a prohibition on new short term rentals in residential zoning districts, where the property is not the primary residence of the host. Property owners could still rent out their own residences on a short term basis.  While the new rules, including this proposal, are being considered, I have proposed a moratorium on new conditional use permits for non-owner-occupied short term rentals in residential areas.  The moratorium will be heard at the Metro Council meeting on December 13.

In the meantime, Develop Louisville staff will be presenting the proposed permanent changes to the Planning Commission. Once approved by the Planning Commission, the changes will go before Metro Council. The Planning Commission will hold its public hearing TODAY, Thursday, December 6, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Old Jail Auditorium (514 W. Liberty Street). The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.; however the short term rental amendment item will not be heard prior to 3:00 p.m.  You can watch the meeting online here. Select the video option.

Sustainability Story: Public Input on Trees


There is one more opportunity to make your voice heard in person regarding the way Louisville deals with trees in new developments.  In response to the passage of a Metro Council resolution, Louisville Metro’s Planning & Design Services, the city’s agency responsible for reviewing development applications and ensuring they align with our planning and zoning regulations, is holding a meeting to engage with the public on an update of Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code. Chapter 10 concerns trees, landscaping and open space.

The resolution passed by Metro Council on October 11 asked the Planning Commission to review the Land Development Code and to review the tree preservation and planting requirements to preserve and increase Louisville’s tree canopy. The updates to Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code will only affect tree canopy requirements for development applications submitted to Planning & Design Services. The update follows a tree ordinance aimed at preserving and increasing the tree canopy on public rights of way, which was passed by Metro Council in 2017.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at the East Government Center, 200 N. Juneau Drive, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Proposed changes to Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code are due to Metro Council by March 1, 2019. Changes related to tree requirements were last reviewed in 2014. Increases to preservation and planting requirement were deferred at that time pending the completion of an Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. The Assessment was complete in 2015 and showed a loss in tree canopy from 2004 to 2012 and predicted further losses without changes to City requirements.

You may also submit your comments online.

For more information and a public comment form, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design/land-development-code-chapter-10-update.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/.  Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number. 

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

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APH Mobile Application Expansion


Metro Hall is now equipped with beacons tied to a mobile app to help people who are blind or visually impaired navigate indoor public with audio cues, following an announcement this week.

The mobile app, Nearby Explorer Online, was developed by Louisville’s American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and is available for free on Apple and Android devices.  

Through this app, people who are blind or visually impaired are able to locate destinations, restrooms, airport security, points of interest and more. 

Nearby Explorer

Beacons have been installed in public spaces across Louisville through support from the James Graham Brown Foundation and Louisville Metro’s Office of Civic Innovation. Beacons are installed at:

  • Louisville International Airport
  • KFC Yum! Center
  • The Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Frazier History Museum
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • Actors Theatre
  • Walgreens at 2368 Frankfort Avenue
  • Crescent Hill Public Library
  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
  • The McDowell Center

American Printing House is in the process of mapping buildings and installing more beacons across Louisville. The end goal is to make every public building in the world a place that can easily be navigated independently. Nearby Explorer not only helps people who are blind or visually impaired but can also help people who are sighted work their way through complex indoor spaces.

Yard Waste Suspended January – March

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Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will be suspending the collection of yard waste in the Urban Services District (USD) beginning on January 19 through March 11, 2019. While individuals may request collection as needed during this time through MetroCall at 574-5000, please plan to set out your yard waste – including Christmas trees – BEFORE January 19.

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Tax Season


For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a tax preparation site offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 tax season (January-April 2019) please contact www.labcservices.org or call 574-5687. The first volunteer training will be offered in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients. Click here to view a list of available positions. Click here to fill out a volunteer form.

Recycle Handheld Electronics through EcoCell

Eco Cell

Have an old phone, ipod, ipad or tablet laying around your house? It can be broken, old, waterlogged, etc. Please consider recycling it through EcoCell. EcoCell recycles cell phones, smartphones, ipods, ipads, tablets, adapters, chargers, MP3 players and the accessories that come with them. For more information please visit their website at www.eco-cell.com or email eric@eco-cell.com.

Avoid a Clogged Pipe This Holiday Season


Winter Fire Safety Reminders


A Message from Louisville Fire

Most of us look forward to winter and hot cocoa, fuzzy clothes and warm houses. It's also the peak season for the second leading cause of home fires in the US - heating equipment. Over 70% of these fires are due to improper use of space heaters, fireplaces and chimneys. The Louisville Division of Fire would like to remind you to keep 3 feet of clearance around space heaters and make sure they plug directly into a wall (not an extension cord or power strip). Ensure that they are turned off when you leave the room or go to sleep. FEMA and the US Fire Administration recommend all chimneys and vents should be cleaned and inspected yearly. 

In addition to this seasonal information, please make sure that you have working smoke alarms in your home. If you are unable to test yours or have none and live in the Urban Services District, please call 311 and request that the Louisville Division of Fire come out to test or replace your smoke alarms free of charge. Louisville Fire can also provide a home safety check to ensure you are as safe as possible. 

The Book Works is Hosting a Book Drive

Book Works

In our community, more than 18,000 youth and young adults are “disconnected”, out of school and work, often because they struggled in school due to poverty, learning challenges, or childhood trauma. The Book Works is a new nonprofit social enterprise reconnecting these young people to education, employment, and the resources to help them succeed.

The Book Works employs disconnected and homeless youth to manage all aspects of a book resale business: setting sales goals, soliciting donated books, posting items online, tracking expenses and revenue, and organizing book fair events. While with The Book Works, youth develop life skills, make an education and career plan, connect with mentors, and learn about resources in the community. Learn more about The Book Works and the young people it serves at its website, www.TheBookWorks.org.

The Book Works is conducting a book drive to collect 1,000 new or gently used books, DVDs, CDs, games and other items through December 2018. Items may be dropped off at the YMCA Safe Place, 2400 Crittenden Drive, or a pick-up can be arranged by emailing donations@TheBookWorks.org.

The Emerging Workforce Initiative is a nonprofit organization in Louisville, Kentucky that creates programs, partnerships, information, and supports that prepare disconnected and vulnerable youth and young adults for career pathways. Learn more about the Emerging Workforce Initiative: www.emergingwork.org.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Thursday, December 6: Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation’s 2018 Holiday Party from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Monnik Beer Co., 1036 E. Burnett Avenue. Enjoy a taco bar and holiday trivia quiz. Tickets are $25.00 each. All proceeds go towards supporting KSWBCF’s mission. Seating is limited, reserve your spot at www.bidpal.net/ksbcfholiday or contact Nicole Roth, nroth@ksbcf.org or call 897-3990.


Thursday, December 6: Crescent Hill Community Council monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue.


Friday, December 7: 9th District Mammogram Screenings in partnership with U of L and Brown Cancer Center at the United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street.  Must have an appointment through the 9th District office.  Please call 574-3908 to make an appointment today!


Saturday, December 8: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery at 10:30 a.m. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.


Tuesday, December 11: United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) will host a community Christmas party from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 150 S. State Street. Enjoy fun for the whole family! Pizza, drinks, cookies and pictures with Santa. Questions, please call 893-0346.


Wednesday, December 12: 91.9 WFPK’s Winter Wednesday concerts at Holy Trinity Clifton Campus, 2117 Payne Street. On December 12 enjoy, The Watson Twins & Mark Charles Heidinger. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. This is a free event, and seating is first-come, first seated. For more information, please visit Do502.com.

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